Although Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.'s first case was fabricated in 1973, it wasn't until 2006 that it implemented the efficient, computerized tracking system by Labtrac. This October, it logged in its half-millionth case!
With product innovations and services from more than 1,900 suppliers from 56 countries, the International Dental Show (IDS) will be held once again in Cologne, Germany from March 22-26.
Owner: Lonni Thompson, CDT
More and more thrill seekers are getting into the zipline craze, flying high over forests, zoos and parks around the country. Touted for the adrenaline rush, this outdoor adventure experience has also proven to be a valuable team-building experience for Image Gallery in Dublin, OH.
Two years ago, Owner Lonni Thompson took her employees ziplining, a first for everyone on staff. “We encouraged each other—some of us were scared of heights—so as we walked across ‘sky bridges,’ we talked and laughed away our fears,” recalls Office Manager Lisa Damron. Even the hour drive to the zipline course was a chance to grow closer. “We squeezed into one car and drove down together,” says Damron. “We talked, laughed and shared stories along the way, as well as our excitement about the adventure ahead.”
Thompson also holds events to recognize a job well done. For instance, when the staff completed...
In the early 1980s, industry forecasters predicted a boon in implant placement, a prediction that was premature for a market still in its infancy. Inadequate education, inconsistent techniques and unpredictable results contributed to resistance on the part of many dentists and laboratories.
However, by the time we entered the new millennium, implant treatment became the first choice in tooth replacement thanks to technical advancements, long-term success rates, and the abundance of manufacturer-provided education.
The advent of CAD/CAM and cone beam technology further impacted the precision of implant placement with the development of sophisticated treatment planning software and surgical guides, making surgery more straightforward for the doctor and less traumatic for the patient. As of 2013, laboratories reported that two-thirds of their dentist-clients were prescribing implant restorations, according to LMT’s Implant Survey.
Thanks to advances in CAD/CAM technology, immediate-loading implants and internal connection designs, implants are becoming the restorative dentist's first choice in tooth replacement.
Despite the fact that many lab owners have been feeling the effects of the economy in many areas of their businesses, the majority of respondents to LMT's latest survey say the implant department isn't one of them.
Three-quarters of respondents to LMT's Implant Trends survey say the economy has not affected their implant business; in fact, 68% report it has been "good" or even "booming" over the last two years
Rafael Choi, CDT, describes his technique for using IPS e.max Press Multi to eliminate the need for layering methods and produce esthetic, lifelike anterior crowns in a predictable and efficient manner.
LMT's 25-Year Partnership articles continue with Jensen Dental and Incisal Edge, Inc.
“Nobel Biocare believes the laboratory is upfront and integral to the treatment process,” said Tom Olsen, President and General Manager, Nobel Biocare North America, at the company’s NobelProcera Innovation Forum and Reception on Friday night. “Nobel Biocare’s focus is on three value drivers: designing for life, partnering for life and learning for life.”
Joining Olsen on stage were Stefan Holst, DMD, PhD, Global Head of Research and Science, and Peter Wohrle, DMD, MMedSC, a prosthodontist from Newport Beach, CA, who is also a technician. They showcased how the company’s products can help clinicians and labs collaborate more efficiently through an integrated workflow. Among the product highlights:
NobelProcera 2G Scanner features a smart motorized holder and dynamic scanning that automatically position each object on the model at the ideal height, tile and rotation to obtain optimal scan data. A new data-transfer capability between the...
InDenco Dental Products’ new SMART-Firing tray features a honeycomb tray design and reusable, high-temperature pins for efficient heating and cooling. The Wire Pins can be easily formed to secure and support bridges, single crowns, post crowns and implant abutments, and the solid straight pins provide additional support where needed.
The company’s new Polychromatic Shading System improves the esthetics and vitality of shaded zirconia, lithium disilicate and all-ceramic restorations. Light is refracted from polychromatic crystal-colored frits, producing depth and illumination not seen with monochromatic stains. The liquid is indexed to match the colored frits, enabling the exact shade to be seen before firing and not change after firing. Call 877-500-0081 or visit www.indenco.com.
In October, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, devastating parts of New York and New Jersey. LMT checks in with Master-Touch Dental Laboratories and Valplast—both of which took a direct hit—and looks at how the industry has come together to help.
The majority of respondents to LMT's 2012 Fee Survey are delaying fee increases in the face of price-cutting competition and declining caseloads.
LMT is saddened to report the sudden death of John Ness, CDT, founder of Productivity Training Corp. and Blue Dolphin Products.
In 2008, Mike Mellon, CDT, was laid off. Today, he owns M&J Partials, LLC, in Leesburg, FL; has five employees; 32 active dentist- and laboratory-clients; and is on the way to owning his own building.
In this exclusive LMT interview, Jim Glidewell, owner of Glidewell Dental Laboratories, shares why he got involved in research and development, the challenges it presents, and what he and his staff have in the works.
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"Ten years ago, we could mill copings in five or six materials with inLab; now we can fabricate copings, crowns, bridges and abutments in more than 30 different materials. That's how far inLab has come!" said Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM at Sirona Dental, Inc., during his opening remarks to kick off the company's inLab Summit 2013 in Savannah, GA, on May 31 and June 1.
Featuring a dynamic group of lecturers and multiple hands-on sessions, the Summit offered the over 100 attendees an information-packed event and the opportunity to network and share business strategies and technical tips with other inLab users. It also marked Sirona's official U.S. launch of four new products:
Robotic Scanning with the inEos X5: This new five-axis model and impression scanner features a robotic arm; the model or impression is mounted on a magnetic plate that attaches to the arm which then moves to ensure quick, automatic positioning and scanning. "Robotic scanning is unique to the...
Zirconia-reinforced materials are a new trend, and expanded options for pre-colored zirconia and ceramics for full contour restorations offer both efficiency and esthetics. Plus, a new type of material: a biocompatible, millable resin on which the final restoration can be built; there's no need for casting or pressing.
LMT's 2010 Internet Usage Report coverage explains how laboratory owners are using the internet to reach out, save time, reduce costs and increase efficiency.